How close are you to your pharmacist?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2014-09-12 17:27:27 -0500
Started 2014-03-17 21:52:07 -0500

I recently read an article that suggested that we include a pharmacist on our healthcare team to make sure that all of the medications prescribed by a variety of doctors that we may see work together. I had never thought to consult with a pharmacist to work out my medication worries. I am just wondering how many of you regularly work with your pharmacist to make sure you have the best medications?

25 replies

tabby9146 2014-09-12 17:23:57 -0500 Report

Pharmacists are great! I consult with them. My dad who is deceased, was a pharmacist and he knew all of his customers well and loved what he did. He saved people a lot of money . He was like a doctor for many. Some could not afford to go to the doctor. Miss him so much.

tabby9146 2014-09-12 17:25:31 -0500 Report

He was a small town pharmacist with his own store. I recommend this kind over the big chains if you have one. They are rare these days.

Stuart1966 2014-03-30 10:44:04 -0500 Report

I knew them all to different degrees, but the tragic answer is they rotate to other jobs, other professions more often than most people change underwear!!!

I insist on using local small pharmacies. If they know me personally, they will fight for me, and attend to the little details.

I could not afford insurance several times and paid through the nose in blood (literally) at times to get a vial here and there. THe cash price sometimes was better than the insured price, but not always.

In the past 12 months my local pharmacy has been bought and sold 5 times which I know of. The past three switching hands were shady, and lasted less than a month as far as I can tell.

Bottom line, the latest switches, they were literal strangers, and knew zero of myself or my families anaphylaxis (pl.). Noooo the generics will work just fine… ahhhh no imbecile, the inert binders of those drugs are entirely lethal to my children, .

Hummmngh, my prescription did not get ordered automatically when you buffoons changed hands for the third time this year. No I do not have $100 to get a new prescription, nor should I, they were automatic refills which you lost when you changed systems.

Your administrative ignorance lost them. That is not my fault. I require the insulin to stay alive. Fill it, and we can explore how to stop it going forward. Assuming you are still here in a month or two of course…

I had pharmacists who suggested different medications from the one proscribed because of the after effects.those meds were well know to cause. Him I trusted with no hesitation. From him forward not remotely so much.

Michael_1960 2014-03-23 20:47:00 -0500 Report

I used to use BI-LO pharmacy, but they closed that store down so I got connected to my veterans outpatient clinic, and I get all my meds from them for just a fraction of the cost on what I would have to pay at BI-LO.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-22 11:37:20 -0500 Report


This is a really good point. I have often had pharmacists lament to me that they wish patients would consult with them more about the medications they are taking, or listen to their advice when they offer it. Pharmacists know a lot about medication, especially how different meds work together, as you said so well. And if a patient is receiving medications from different doctors, the pharmacist may be the only healthcare professional who knows, and can then point out the potential dangers.

I go to a chain pharmacy that has a really great pharmicist. he takes a personal interest in his customers and makes himself available to answer questions.

Thanks for the reminder!


jigsaw 2014-03-22 05:56:36 -0500 Report

If I have any doubts about meds, I talk to my pharmacist. I always consult my pharmacist with any questions concerning over the counter meds. In addition, all my doctors have access to list of any meds, or supplements that I'm taking.

shoulders 2014-03-21 20:59:54 -0500 Report

Yes, I started talking with my pharmacist about 3-4 years. Helped me to lower some of my medicines. And she notifies my doctor about certain meds. that she fills are not working together. And then my Dr.'s notify me to change/stop taking those meds. Also, she offers to bring my meds. to me at home. Hope that you all will reach out to your pharmacist, and have a friend in your back pocket.

lorider70 2014-03-20 13:32:53 -0500 Report

Couldn't consult with our local pharmacist 'cause they keep changing from one week to another. Besides that I wouldn't trust them too far…not Doctors ya know

margokittycat 2014-03-19 15:43:53 -0500 Report

As a certified Pharmacy Technican, I have done this for years. I no longer work in the filled but recertify every two years reguardles. I have the best Pharmacist in the worl and he knows everything about my meds and when they make changes o meds he notifies my doctors with concerns if there are any. My pharmacist is a huge part of my medcial team.

GabbyPA 2014-03-19 06:06:34 -0500 Report

I trust my pharmacist so much. She has helped me on several occasions and anytime I am adding something new to my mix, I will talk to her. They are trained to know how things work that way. Doctors don't always have that knowledge, so I talk to mine often.

Red-Sox-Rich 2014-03-18 20:51:42 -0500 Report

My relationship with my pharmacists are fantastic. In the North East (Connecticut) one of the major supermarket chains is Price Chopper. Since they opened about 6 years ago Jamie and (at the time) Ann would go online with each script to find me coupons and discounts. They have saved me a small fortune. Actually my Metformin is free along with lancets and other supplies. Now that a few of my scripts come mail order I only occasionally need a prescription filled, they know my name and are so personable. I always write thank you notes and give them Christmas cards. Being in retail myself I know the value of appreciating people that go the extra mile.

ochibeachgirl 2014-03-18 18:26:06 -0500 Report

I had a recent [a year ago] 'ah ha' moment with my pharmacist - usually try to get everything in one place, so I presented all my scripts and she picked up a serious interaction that the doc had missed between 2 hypertension meds! I was stunned and made a careful mental note and told the doc - we stopped one and my BP is now much better controlled!

jayabee52 2014-03-18 17:15:48 -0500 Report

Unfortunately Jeanette I am not very close with my pharmicist. Very much like silicone eyes described. Only my pharmacy is walgreens for one of the medications I use, and the pharmacy for my dialysis meds is a mail order through the clinic.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-18 10:33:04 -0500 Report

HI Jeanette: I always consult with my pharmacist with every new drug introduced to my formulary. On several occasions he found sever drug inter-actions between what I was already on and the new one. He then phoned my Doctor and got it changed. I too have mail order drugs. But, I call the 800# and they call me back. I miss my regular pharmacist but the new ones work just fine.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-18 09:55:42 -0500 Report

I never ever take a new medication without first talking to the pharmacist. I did this long before I was diagnosed. If they find a problem with a new prescription that will interact with what I am currently taking, they will call the doctor to have it corrected. I have had this happen several times.

The pharmacist is one of the most important people in the health care industry. They are the ones who can tell you more about the medication you are taking than the doctor who prescribe it. They also are the ones who know what medications you are taking will interact with a new prescribed medication.

You left out one piece of important information. If you switch pharmacies, have your records transferred to your new pharmacy. If that cannot be done, have them print out the medication history and take it with you to your new pharmacy. I do not change pharmacies. The pharmacist may change but your information is still there.

However, if people do not question their doctors, odds are they are not going to question the pharmacist or read the information that comes with the prescription.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-03-18 07:56:41 -0500 Report

Wow this makes me feel old when I think about it. My childhood doc made house calls and you knew your pharmacist by 1st name. Ironically, the hometown Pharmacy was bought by a chain called Hometown Pharmacy. Between the chain pharmacy and the mail order pharmacy for pump supplies, I'm just a series of numbers, a deductible to be filled, a copayment towards the bottom line. I handle all my med questions through my endo, not even a GP.

MarkS 2014-03-18 07:49:07 -0500 Report

Whenever I refilled my prescriptions I would consult with the pharmacist regarding various options for glucometers, skin creams, etc. However, my health insurance now makes me use the mail order pharmacy, so I have not seen my local pharmacist in about three years. And that sucks; I enjoy the personal interaction I had.

mjhorgan 2014-03-18 05:53:58 -0500 Report

I do, My pharmacist has been a valuable part of my team. He takes the time to talk to me in person about the medications I am taking, is also tells me about any possible interactions. I strongly believe in using a pharmacy that can offer the personnel touch their assistance if invaluable.

kimfing 2014-03-17 22:56:07 -0500 Report

We have a great relationship with our pharmacist. He explains everything and gives suggestions, one time my hubby ran low on insulin and wasn't time to refill yet and he gave him one bottle to get him thru until then.

Rmj814 2014-03-17 22:07:44 -0500 Report

They know me at the Drug store, When I call a prescription, and something is wrong or it can't be filled, they call me right back.. They even call my doctor for a refill if needed. We moved a 5 years ago,and there is a drug store closer to me, but my husband likes the one where we used to live. He knows them, and they know us ;-)

eatfish97 2014-03-17 22:03:06 -0500 Report

Yes I include my pharmacist and do not know what I would do with out him, I guess the Doctors are so busy they are happy to get the help too thank Ken

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